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Clos Signadore, Patrimonio Rouge 'A Mandria' 2016
The red wines of the Patrimonio DOC are made from the Nielluccio grape, which is closely related to Sangiovese. From vines between of between 8 and 50 years of age, this is an unoaked red with phenomenal complexity and density of flavour that comes from great care in the winery. Farmed organically, fermented with native yeasts and with no additions other than a small amount of sulphur at bottling.
Blend of different lieu-dits throughout the estate�s 6 hectares.� Composed of mostly clay-limestone with occasional schist.� Vines range in age from 8 to 50 years.� Hand-harvested in small bins.� Native yeast fermentation and ageing in stainless steel.� No additions beyond sulfur before bottling. Average production: 12,000 bottles/year
The Clos Signadore is located in Poggio d�Oletta, within the inland mountainous part of the Patrimonio AOC. The Clos is planted with 40 year old Nielucciu vines, the local red grape of Corsica, closely related to Sangiovese. In addition, there is also a small amount of Vermentinu for the white wines. The vines are divided among four distinct terroirs, which blend together to make a sum greater than the parts. Since the domaine was created, they have avoided the use of chemicals in the vineyards. They only use mechanical weeding, and no chemical products are sprayed on the soil. Since 2010, the domaine is in conversion to the organic AB certification. Christopher Ferrandis was born in Marseilles to a family with strong roots in Corsica. After working for several years at Domaine Pibarnon in Bandol, he moved to Corsica where he worked as a consultant for a cooperative. Through connections of his uncle who grew up in Corsica, he was able to find a few hectares of old vines that were available, and established the domaine in 2001. In addition to the flagship bottling Clos Signadore, the domaine also produces the cuv�e A Mandria in red, white, and ros�.�